— Sacramento, Calif.  – Today, in a ceremony at the State Capitol, AARP California Executive Council Member Rita Saenz presented California State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León a plaque recognizing him an AARP “Super Saver” for 2016.  The Super Saver award is bestowed upon a select number of elected leaders across the nation – regardless of party affiliation — who have fought to make it possible for more Americans to save for their future. Senator de León was honored …

— AARP Delivers Petitions to State Leaders at Capitol ALBANY, N.Y. – As state budget negotiations enter the homestretch, AARP today delivered more than 3,500 petitions from New Yorkers to state leaders urging the establishment of an independent utility consumer advocate to fight for overburdened residential customers. AARP delivered the petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie at the State Capitol as the …

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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay said AARP is disappointed in a 9-6 House committee vote Tuesday to allow Florida investor-owned utilities to shift the cost of out-of-state natural-gas exploration and development projects to ratepayers, while simultaneously collecting a return for itself on ratepayer-funded costs. The House Energy and Utilities subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 1043 by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in a subcommittee meeting held specifically to consider the legislation, just ahead of …

— Results of a new study commissioned by AARP WI and released this week shows that even modest increases in the net worth of those who save the least for retirement would greatly improve retirement readiness and reduce government spending on public assistance programs. In fact, if lower and moderate income households (up to $40,000/year) were to save 3 percent of their income through 2030, state expenditures in 2030 may decrease by more than $3.1 billion annually. We know that Wisconsin’s growing elderly population …

— We want to take a moment to express our appreciation for all of the Virginia State Legislators for their support of AARP Virginia’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. These priorities include increasing retirement security, strengthening financial exploitation laws, supporting family caregivers, and protecting vulnerable long-term care recipients. Please thank some or all of the legislators listed below – especially on topics that you are passionate about. The legislator(s) do not have to be in your district or region. Be sure to mention …

— You’re invited to a special live telephone town hall meeting with Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler this Wednesday, March 29 from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. AARP will host a discussion on what is next for health care. What has Washington State done to bring quality and affordable health care to the state? How is our state different from other states? What improvements can our state make to address health care issues facing seniors and improve your ability …

— Carolyn Hartman’s mother, Myrtle Hartman, died last spring after spending eight years in a Central Texas nursing facility. Two weeks before Myrtle’s death, Carolyn learned that her mother, at the age of 93, was being given – without necessary consent — an-anti-anxiety medication with serious side effects. But that’s not all. There were other serious health concerns facing her mother that shocked the Hartman family. “A phone call came one morning that she had severe pain in her right hip,” …

— WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk. “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on the …

— AARP Applauds Withdrawal of Health Bill Press Center, March 24, 2017 Media Contacts: AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560, @AARPMedia WASHINGTON, DC  — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families: “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older …

— Washington, DC — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families:  “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk.  “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on …